The Sleep Curse

Synopsis: In 1990, Neurologist Lam Sik-ka and his former flame suffer from the generational sleep curse that rooted in their both families war engagement during World War Two. Lam Sik-ka tries to save her flame from the grudge that made by a soothsayer's single-eyed daughter who was victimized by their fathers during the time of Japanese occupation in Hong Kong.
Genre: Horror
Director(s): Herman Yau
  2 nominations.
 
IMDB:
6.1
Year:
2017
102 min
4 Views

1

- Happy birthday, hubby.

- Thank you.

Happy birthday, Daddy!

- Happy birthday, brother.

- Thank you.

Happy birthday, brother!

What is taking you so long, Teddy?

C'mon over, Teddy!

You have to be on camera, too.

Let's sing.

One, two, three.

"Happy birthday to you!"

"Happy birthday to you!"

"Happy birthday to daddy!"

"Happy birthday to you!"

Make a wish, brother.

Look this way, Daddy.

Why are you still up? It's 2 o'clock!

What's keeping you up?

I can't sleep, might as well get up to read.

Why don't you go to bed

if you feel tired, brother?

Sleep?

He's working too hard.

Why don't you take some time off, brother?

Stop that for now, Teddy! Eat first!

Be good, Teddy. Eat first.

Can't sleep again, Daddy?

I haven't been able to sleep

for many days already.

Let's play chess.

Teddy!

Leave Daddy alone.

I want to sleep! Let me sleep!

They say... it's a curse.

Come on, Teddy, go play outside.

I don't want to sleep! I don't want to sleep!

"1990 Hong Kong"

"The silvery moonlight...

is shining on the courtyard..."

"Be good, dad, go to sleep."

"The silvery moonlight...

is shining on the courtyard..."

"Be good, dad, go to sleep."

"Faculty of Medicine, University of Hong Kong"

Morning, Professor Lam. You're early.

Yes! I miss that mouse.

It didn't sleep at all last night.

How many days now?

27 days in a row.

Inject half the dose of protein today.

OK, no problem.

Enjoy the honey heavy dew of slumber.

Can any of you tell me

who this saying is from?

Top students, eh?

You people know nothing about culture?

It's Shakespeare!

Can you tell us why...

even the great Shakespeare praises sleep, Draco?

Could it be because

people spend 1/3 of their lifetime asleep?

Is this why Shakespeare likes it?

Why doesn't he praise

the other 2

Anyone else?

In fact I've no idea myself

why sleep is worth praising.

I've seen many people who can't sleep or eat,

which reminds me of

what the old folks always say,

"It's a blessing to be able to eat and sleep."

They are right!

Research indicates that

sleeping is important to many parts of our body.

Namely, turning short-term memory into long-term,

as well as renewing the proteins

in our brain cells

during sleep.

But none of this research

has taken into account that

people's mode of sleep evolves by itself.

Let's look at animals in the wild.

Lions sleep 14 hours a day

while elephants sleep for only 4 hours.

Why?

Because predators

sleep more than prey.

Usually herbivores sleep less.

So that they can stay alert at all times,

and won't be too easy to catch.

Sleeping is enjoyable indeed.

Yet we're most vulnerable during asleep.

Just like the way Mr. Tin Chun Yuan is now.

One can kill him as easy as pie.

Don't bother, let him sleep.

The average life expectancy

of Hongkongers is 78 years.

We sleep for about 24 years of our lives.

It really wastes a lot of our time.

Sleep is still a mystery to us.

We know very little about

how we enter the state of sleep.

We know even less about why we need to sleep.

We do know there are 5 stages of sleep.

Stages 1 and 2 are "light sleep".

During these stages, when we close our eyes,

our blood pressure decreases,

heartbeats are slower.

We relax to enter stages 3 and 4,

which are "deep sleep".

I did research in Italy.

When we're in the deep sleep stages,

brain activity is reduced to a very low level.

Then we enter stage 5.

The REM stage-

Rapid Eye Movement.

We dream in this stage.

When you dream, your eyes move rapidly.

According to Freud,

"dreaming" helps to release

the desires of our subconscious.

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